August 20, 2016

Change starts with ourselves

PEOPLE tend to judge one another by appearances rather than behaviour. More often than not judging by appearance is entirely misleading. It is in fact behavioural change that can help us tackle major social and political obstacles through the pollination of ideas and the development of a common understanding.
The upcoming election on 8 November is heralded as being the bellwether for sweeping democratic reform. There has, however, been widespread speculation concerning the impact the election will have on the country’s future.
At a time when stark ideological differences between political figures and ethnic groups in Myanmar act as potential triggers for instability and conflict it is the responsibility of all voters to be informed and to be aware that there exist unscrupulous and dubious political factions.
If change is the name of the game in politics today we must be always aware of the fact that we have real options and a real chance for change if the people can work together. The government, the parliament, the political parties, the civil society and the common people are all responsible for positive behavioural change and for positive national development. The need to make the change happen plays a critical role in deciding the path our country will take over the next five years.
It is therefore necessary for all of us to collectively and individually reshape our behaviour in a positive way. We cannot have a responsible government and a civil society unless we accept positive behavioural change as an integral part of the journey to peace, prosperity and stability.


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